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Lance Does Not Deserve a Sixth Term

Leonard Lance does not represent the values of the citizens of NJ 7th Congressional District and should not be elected for a sixth term. Amid a slew of GOP Congressmen announcing that they will not seek reelection, Leonard Lance has announced that he will run. According to the 528 Vote Tracking study Lance continues to support the Trump agenda 93.3% of the time. His few outlying votes (most notably the GOP backed repeal/replace bill) seem designed to portray him as moderate when in fact the sum of his record paints a very different picture. He has repeatedly voted to rollback Obama regulations that protect us. Notable examples are: Repeal of Ozone standards Dismantling fiduciary protections in Dodd-Frank Repeal of rules requiring overtime pay Repeal of stream protection rules Opposition to Net Neutrality, voting to give ISPs the power to throttle and censor internet usage.   Lance voted to take away the healthcare of thousands of constituents via repeal of ACA over 50 times. It took persistent public pressure to get him to vote No after he voted the destructive ACHA out of committee in January. Although Leonard Lance has been touted by the media as moderate, his voting record is anything but. He is apparently adept at presenting himself as a voice of reason within the GOP while continuing to vote with an extreme right agenda. The citizens of NJ7 deserve someone who better represents our interests. Please join us as we work to take back our district. Read more at the Washington Examiner http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/rep-leonard-lance-will-run-for-sixth-term/article/2634249
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Astroturfers Push Lance Further to the Right

Outside groups like the Tea Party "Club for Growth" are pushing conservative Leonard Lance even further to the right by astroturfing* in our district. Until we overturn Citizens United and get outside money out of politics, the only way to fight astroturfing is with local, grassroots organizing. Join us and help us take back our congressional district.     * Astroturfing: Outside, non-local organizations trying to influence local politics to suit their agenda, irrespective of the needs or desires of the local community.
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Time for Change

Surely, Thomas Payne would agree, that these are the times that try our souls, men and women both.  In the November 2016   election, frustrated voters called “a plague on both your houses”, and chose a President who has turned his back on the US-led liberal post-war era.   Trump favors the cramped vision of Charles Lindbergh’s “America First”, recalling a whiter, more male, less tolerant America.   An America in which authoritarian certainty is preferred to the foment of a free press.   An America in which neo-Nazis and white supremacists are given moral equivalency to their opponents.   An America in which science is subordinate to profit.   An America in which “repeal and replace” means less healthcare, not more.   In such a time, we need a Congressional Representative who can articulate a more inclusive vision for our society; who can reject the morals of tribalism; who can challenge the ethos of nepotism and personal gain that pervades the White House; and who can stand for values of decency and democracy that propelled this country to global leadership.  Leonard Lance is not that man. Leonard Lance has been our representative since 2008, arriving in the House with a reputation as a moderate, but his voting record reflects a steady drift to the right of his party.  Hilary Clinton carried NJ in 2016; indeed, she received more votes than Donald Trump in the 7th District.  But Congressman Lance has voted in line with Trump’s position 93.8% of the time.   In common with most of his Republican peers in the House, Lance voted multiple times to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  He consistently voted to defund Planned Parenthood. When confronted with a CBO score that showed that 23 million Americans would lose their insurance under the ill-starred American Health Care Act of 2017, he bowed to the weight of public opinion and joined the “No” vote.  He never had a plan for affordable access to healthcare for all our citizens.   When Donald Trump havered and prevaricated over the events at Charlottesville, it was not Congressman Lance, but Ken Frazier, CEO of New Jersey-based Merck, who spoke out and said what had to be said:  “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.” When Jeff Sessions announced the termination of DACA, it was not Congressman Lance, but another Republican, Senator Lindsay Graham, who spoke out and said, “Jeff Sessions is wrong. These kids are not taking jobs from American citizens, they're part of our country.” And when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that it was “insensitive” to discuss climate change after Hurricane Harvey and Irma, it was not Congressman Lance, but the Republican mayor of Miami, whose citizens raced to evacuate before Irma, who said if not now, when? No. Congressman Lance is not the man for this season.  For once we can agree with Oliver Cromwell and say, “You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
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IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES: Mark Your Calendar

Change starts from the bottom up. NJ is one of two states holding statewide elections in November. VOTE!!! IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES: Mark Your Calendar October 17 - Deadline to Register to VoteOctober 31 - Deadline to apply by mail for Mail-in Ballot DeadlineNovember 6 - Deadline to apply in-person for Mail-in Ballot November 7 - Election Day! Polls open 6 a.m. The enthusiasm of grass roots groups and the emergence of new candidates has energized this election season. More information can be found here: http://nj.gov/…/elec…/election-information-archive-2017.html Check out your local races as well: https://ballotpedia.org/New_Jersey_elections,_2017
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Immigration Crackdown Reaches Deep into New Jersey Communities - NJ Spotlight

"New data reveals that more than 90 percent of the state’s municipalities have cases pending in immigration court, the fifth-largest caseload in the country"   “ICE has long arrested people who have no criminal history, as well as people with very low-level, nonviolent offenses, and people who have lived here since they were children, and who now have U.S. citizen children of their own. But the prior administration created a set of priorities to try to focus ICE resources on cases deemed more serious. The current administration has abandoned the idea of enforcement priorities....o ensure that these children could find a safe place to live while here in the United States, the government used to ensure that parents or other family members who came forward to care for them could do so safely, regardless of their immigration status,...Now, ICE is specifically targeting parents and family members of arriving children for deportation, and the administration has announced it will be investigating parents or guardians for possible criminal prosecutions, based upon their efforts to bring their children to safety. This policy affects not only those family members, but also the children, who are likely to find themselves in foster care, group homes, or unsafe situations when parents and family cannot come forward to care for them.”   -  Farrin Anello, senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey Read more on NJ Spotlight.
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House Republicans’ spending bill includes FEMA cuts to fund Trump’s border wall

"President Donald Trump is promising billions to help Texas rebuild from Harvey-caused epic flooding, but his Republican allies in the House are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president’s border wall. The pending reduction to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief account is part of a massive spending bill that the House is scheduled to consider next week when lawmakers return from their August recess. The $876 million cut, which is included in the 1,305-page measure’s homeland security section, pays for roughly half the cost of Trump’s down payment on the U.S.-Mexico border wall that the president repeatedly promised Mexico would finance." - Alan Fram and Andrew Taylor, The Boston Globe  click here to read more
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For GOP, Tough Words, Little Action After Trump Doubles Down on Charlottesville

During a tense press conference on Tuesday, President Donald Trumpwalked back his comments condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend, saying that counter-protesters demonstrating against neo-Nazis and white supremacists were also to blame.  A number of Republicans have denounced the sentiment behind President Trump’s latest comments, but few as strongly as Representative Leonard Lance of New Jersey. Is he ready to actively stand against the president? Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear our full interview with Congressman Lance.  Aug 16, 2017    Click here to listen to the interview. Let us know what you think. http://www.wnyc.org/story/some-gop-enough-enough-after-trump-doubles-down-charlottesville/
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Insider NJ Power Rankings: The 75 Most Relevant New Jersey Elected Officials RIGHT NOW

41. Leonard Lance In the ultimate drunken sailor on the deck of the Morro Castle theater piece, after years of running rightward following the public excoriation he endured for voting aye on cap and trade, the 7th District Congressman now scrambles leftward, starting with his nay vote on Obamacare repeal. The pro knows he has to dance to survive in a district that for years presented him with the thankless task of having to face the GOP Primary efforts of a self-described 2nd Amendment fierce gentleman farmer who proudly packed heat. Now it’s a bullhorn-wielding Joey Novick at the head of a barbarian army on the left that has the congressman on the move. He’s working it. Every move bears a pointillist painter’s significance in the grander political scheme. No one’s watching him more closely than his own party, and if the polling looks grim come 2018, there’s a judge’s robe with his name on it ready to be unpacked. Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) may be weary of mouldering in the minority. Then there’s retiring Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16), who’s already showed an impatience with waiting in line. Lance has never worked harder than now. By Insider NJ | August 29, 2017, 3:21 pm | in Edward Edwards Read the full list here: https://www.insidernj.com/power-rankings-75-relevant-new-jersey-elected-officials-right-now/
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